About Us

The MARRC Pledge of Active Citizenry:

All members of MARRC shall promote active citizenry. Active Citizenry in MARRC entails solution-driven activities to promote effective service delivery, social justice, accountability, unity and Ubuntu across the Municipal area of jurisdiction.

 

Ubuntu means “humanness” and is expressed in Zulu as “umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu” (a person is a person because of people). Consequently, Ubuntu incorporates relationships of reciprocal respect and responsibility between individuals and communities. The major purpose of MARRC hence is active citizenry in order to meet our objectives in the public interest. MARRC is constituted independently of government and is always accountable to the communities it represents and serves.

MARRC is a constituted non-profit voluntary and non-political civil society movement, an umbrella body of constituted local residents and ratepayer’s associations, and civic organisations in Msunduzi representing various constituencies in different localities within the Msunduzi Municipal jurisdiction.

 

The constituencies have different challenges, diverse views and opinions, but the same overall public benefit interest. Our intent is to promote active citizenry. This entails solution driven activities to promote effective service delivery, social justice, accountability, unity, and Ubuntu across the Municipal area of jurisdiction.

 

MARRC’s approach is solution driven, our members have the expertise, and experiences to contribute to the efficiency, betterment, and workability of the city. We implore the Municipality to serve the people of Msunduzi in accordance with their mandates as established in accordance with our Constitution, legislation and regulations. Through collective leadership and positive contributions by all we all can make a positive difference to our capital city

MARRC’s approach is solution driven, our members have the expertise, and experiences to contribute to the efficiency, betterment, and workability of the city. We implore the Municipality to serve the people of Msunduzi in accordance with their mandates as established in accordance with our Constitution, legislation and regulations. Through collective leadership and positive contributions by all we all can make a positive difference to our capital city

To engage with the Msunduzi Municipality, Sector Departments, interested and affected parties in accordance with our principles in order to promote services that:

a) are efficient, affordable, reliable and cost effective and effected by the transparent levying of justifiable and reasonable, agreed-upon rates that are not inflated.

b) enhance public safety for all

Ensuring adherence to eight basic values:

  1. Fidelity to purpose;
  2. Altruism and benevolence;
  3. Integrity;
  4. Optimising resources;
  5. Avoid conflicts of interest and self-dealing;
  6. Equity and anti-discrimination;
  7. Democracy and empowerment, and
  8. Independence and impartiality.

Ensuring good leadership in six key areas:

  1. Vision, purpose and values;
  2. Accountability and transparency;
  3. Fundraising, sustainability and risk management;
  4. Collaboration and synergy;
  5. The governance structures; and
  6. Procedural governance including policy development and succession planning   

In its short time of its existence MARRC has managed to achieved the following:

  • Increased media coverage on print media, radio and television
  • Established 11 RRAs and included five previously established RRAs and two civic organisations with a total MARRC membership of 18 RRAs and civic organisations
  • Completed case study on the billing issues and submitted to the MEC of COGTA and mayor
  • Submitted 10 letters to the municipality on various issues and submitted comments and proposals on the Integrate Development Plan (IDP) and 2020/2021 budget
  • MARRC member serves on the landfill site committee
  • Part of a coalition of organisations supporting the SA Human Rights Commission’s bid to take the Msunduzi Municipality to court in violation of health regulations and Acts
  • Active Facebook page with 1200 likes/supporters
  • Received sponsorship from two local businesses to develop the MARRC website